Sleep Aids; Sleep longer and wake up feeling refreshed

Sunday 29th Nov 2020 |

Poor sleep quality can adversely affect every area of our lives including our physical and mental wellbeing. Sleep is a basic human need, up there with air and water but due to the demands of modern life, many of us are struggling to get enough of it.

Creating a regular pre sleep routine can help reduce stress and aid restful sleep – taking a bath, reducing screen time or enjoying a soothing warm drink can help you nod off but if you’re resorting to counting sheep it might be time to look at some other options.

We have listed our favourite sleep aids which might help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer and wake feeling refreshed…

Sleep Aids – Cannaray CBD capsules

CBD is great to calm the nerves and help sleep during these stressful times. A number of studies have found that taking CBD can help improve quality of sleep by up to 70%.

Cannaray’s CBD capsules use a 5x VESIsorb® Patented Technology which is clinically backed and proven to significantly improve absorption calming your nerves quicker than any other product on the market. The Vegan Capsules from Cannaray are the perfect supplements to take in the evening, to calm your mind down at the end of the day. An hour before bedtime, take one or two capsules and let your mind settle and drift off into a sleep more easily.

Sleep Aids – Wicked Gummy Co’s Peaceful Zzzzz gummy 

Wicked Gummy Co has developed a delicious passion fruit gummy that is packed with 5-HTP, an amino acid that your body uses to produce serotonin. Fight against a multitude of health issues such as weight gain and stress with increased serotonin levels thanks to Wicked! These gummies are a tasty solution for anyone wanting to turn their mundane supplementation into a sweet treat without compromising on the nutrition. The best part? The whole range are registered with the Vegan Society as well as being allergen-freecruelty-free and gluten-free!

Sleep Aids – Drowsy Silk Eye Mask

After selling out on ITV’s This Morning, the much-loved Drowsy Mulberry Silk Eye Mask is now officially back in stock, along with new sleek packaging and a brand new dusty pink colour to add to the collection!

Masterfully crafted by Drowsy for maximum sleeping comfort, the wide-cushioned, bespoke design completely blocks external light, for an uninterrupted beauty sleep every night. Providing the ultimate comfort to weary eyes, the mask is ideal for travel, home, planes and daytime use. Plus, due to the moisture wicking performance of the 22 momme silk, the mask also provides an anti-ageing effect!

Whether it’s stress, noise or light that is keeping you awake, sleep experts recommend introducing natural and efficient sleep aids which will create the relaxing environment you need for deep sleep. Start here!

Sleep Aids – Motion Nutrition Unplug Nootropic

The real-life ‘chill pill’. These sleep aid tablets were developed by neuroscientists and includes deeply restorative minerals, amino acids and comforting botanicals that are designed to help you wind down, de-stress and prepare you for quality sleep.

A survey study found that after 4 weeks’ use, sleep latency (how long it takes to fall asleep) dropped by 52% – falling from an average of 29.5 minutes to 13 minutes. Sleep quality (how refreshed you feel in the morning) also improved by 32% after four weeks.

It’s 100% organic, made with real food ingredients and is filler- and synthetic-free, suitable for vegans and comes in plastic-free packaging.

Sleep Aids – Silk sleep mask at A LITTLE FIND

Benefits when sleeping with silk: 

  • anti ageing
  • anti sleep crease
  • anti bed head
  • helps keep skin’s moisture and face and hair products where they belong, on your face and hair

We spend a third of our lives in bed. By the time we are 60 we will have slept for an average of 20 years. This sleep mask can reduce stretching and tugging on delicate facial skin. The highest grade (6A) long­fibre mulberry silk is used. 100% pure silk, inside and out.

Sleep Aids – Sleep bathing salts at A LITTLE FIND

A bathing ritual before bed can help encourage a deep, restorative night’s sleep. These sleep salts create a fragrant, mineral-infused bath that prepares the mind for a peaceful night ahead.

A 100% natural blend of mineral-rich Epsom and Dead Sea Salts to relax the body. Infused with Jasmine and Lavender essentials oils to calm and soothe the senses, and Valerian to promote deep, peaceful sleep.

  • Essential Oils: Fragrant, calming and soothing
  • Valerian: Promotes peaceful sleep
  • 100% Vegan
  • 100% Natural
  • 100% Cruelty-free

Sleep Aids – Sleep Mood Spray at A LITTLE FIND

Power down and drift into a good night’s sleep with this natural, alcohol-free dream spray. Chamomile and ylang ylang help to calm anxious minds. Delicious-smelling linden and benzoin gently relax tired bodies. Spray onto a pillow or mist over your face at bedtime (orange blossom and aloe water will do great things to your skin as you sleep). Close your eyes and breathe in deeply and slowly.

We know that life can be so stimulating and stressy that it’s sometimes hard to calm down enough to sleep. This aromatherapy spray, full of amazing, natural ingredients, will help to quiet your buzzing mind and relax your over-tired body. Remember, it works best if you use it when you’re actually in bed and in the sleep mindset. Bonus: it smells absolutely delicious and is good for your skin.

  • Free from Alcohol, Parabens, Phthalates, Gluten and Sulphates
  • Made in the UK
  • 95% Natural ingredients

Sleep Aids – Soak Sunday

Bath and body care fanatics Soak Sunday have created a sensorial, indulgent Rose Sleep Balm, with the aromatherapeutic blend of ethereal rose, clarifying sage, delicate jasmine and relaxing lavender; simply rub on your pressure points before bed and bag yourself a soothing snoooze!.

Sleep Aids – Chuckling Goat Sing Me to Sleep Tea

Made with actual herbs, roots and flowers and mixed them by hand, right on Chuckling Goat’s farm. Chuckling Goat’s, gut-friendly Sing Me to Sleep loose leaf tea contains valerian root, lavender flowers, hop flowers and chamomile flowers. Let the persuasive power of natural herbs relax and lull you off to sleep without harming your microbiome, and leaving you feeling dopey in the morning. Chuckling Goats teas are made without plastic or nanoplastics (often found in teabags) too. 

Broad Spectrum CBD Oil

CBD works directly on the endocannabinoid system in the brain, enhancing the effects of other brain chemicals, such as serotonin and anandamide, to reduce pain perception, relieve anxiety and stress, improve sleep and lift mood. Not only is CBD great for promoting REM sleep but also CBD also reduces muscle tension, restlessness and anxiety. Many studies have proven the effectiveness of CBD on sleep quality. NATURALWORKS stands for organic, vegan and gluten-free CBD products – grown, lab-tested and certified in Switzerland.  Take a few drops of Broad Spectrum CBD Oil with water or food to improve your sleep quality.  

Yogandha Relax Body Oil

Use this Relax Body Oil as part of your daily wind-down routine. This oil deepens any relaxation, yoga, or meditation practice. You can also use it as a gorgeous bath oil to prepare your mind and body for deep, restful sleep. 
Lavender calms providing a mild sedative quality to encourage deeper sleepFamed for its cellular regeneration properties, Frankincense instantly relieves tension and is a proven skin-rejuvenatorBlue Chamomile encourages stillness and reflection and eases sleepThis blend also contains Petitgrain to soothe the nervous system, Clary Sage to re-balance the pituitary gland, and Vetiver which grounds and supports self-connection.

Kalms Sleep Aid Tablets

A traditional herbal remedy, Kalms Night One a Night can help you drift off into a deep night’s slumber without leaving you with that drowsy, groggy feeling the next morning. Valerian root extract has been used for centuries as a trusted sleep aid due to its herbal sedative effect. This soothing ingredient can be found in Kalms Night One-A-Night tablets used to relieve sleeplessness. 

Natural Sleep Aid – Cherries may help you get a better night’s sleep

Cherries are rich in four sleep-regulating compounds: melatonin, tryptophan, potassium and serotonin. A 2018 review found a positive correlation between improved sleep and cherry consumption.  Studies have shown that eating cherries can improve sleep quality and duration in people of all ages  (study 1 and (study 2 and study 3 ,), thanks to their high content of melatonin and serotonin. Cherries are one of the only natural sources of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate our sleep patterns*.Research has found that drinking tart cherry juice 30 minutes after waking and 30 minutes before the evening meal increased sleep time by more than 80 minutes and improved sleep quality in people with insomnia.

Sweet Sleep

Sweet Sleep is formulated to help everyone drift off, by supporting melatonin production, promoting relaxation and by assisting in balancing psychological function. It should always be taken close to bedtime as it includes potent herbal and plant extracts that have mild sedative properties. 

The supplement includes lemon balm and cherry extract which promote calmness, amino acids such as glycine and L-theanine to promote sleep and relaxation and soothe anxiety and vitamin B6, zinc and magnesium to minimise sleep disturbance. 

This supplement in available on a one-time single purchase for £9.95 or users can choose a monthly subscription at £8.95.

Red Light Rising Light Blocking Glasses

The brand new premium blue light blocking glasses from Red Light Rising are your magic wand to the perfect night’s sleep. With two lens options across the collection your eyes will be protected all day from excessive screen time, scrolling and junk light.

DayPRO lenses, designed to be worn during the day, reduce eye strain, headaches and anxiety, blocking 95% of blue light. NightPRO lenses worn 2-3 hours before bed will optimise your hormones for sleep and recovery. Your best night’s sleep awaits with 100% blue and green light blocked to negatively disrupt melatonin production! The glasses collection are fashion and function in one.

Rest & Relax with Puressentiel

Puressentiel Rest & Relax Air Spray can be used by the whole family, including those from aged from 12 months and provides the room with a rapid delivery of essential oils with each spray. With the aim of promoting sleep, reducing anxiety and balancing the nervous system, Puressentiel Rest & Relax Air Spray combines 12 essential oils: Rosewood, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, True Lavender, Green Mandarin, Sweet Marjoram, Neroli, Sweet Orange, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Sandalwood, Lemon Verbena. 

Puressentiel Rest & Relax Organic Food Supplement is a combination of true lavender, petitgrain, green mandarin and sweet marjoram, works to promote deep, restorative sleep, help reduce anxiety and calm the body and mind. It is tasteless, odourless and easy to swallow, Puressentiel Rest & Relax Organic Food Supplement provides a natural way to absorb organic, essential oils. Take 2 capsules with a glass of water 20 minutes before going to bed. 

Puressentiel Rest & Relax Bath-Shower is a gentle, soap free and non-irritant, Puressentiel Rest & Relax Bath-Shower brings the nourishing experience of a spa to your very home. Whether it’s poured into a full bath, or absorbed into the skin in the shower, the mix of 12 essential oils in this formula works to help reduce anxiety, aid healthy, deep sleep and balance the body. Pour 1 to 2 capfuls into the bath or use a capful in the shower. The 12 essential oils used in Puressentiel Rest & Relax Shower are: Ho Wood, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, True Lavender, Green Mandarin, Sweet Marjoram, Neroli, Bitter Orange, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Amyris Sandalwood, And Fat Spike Lavender. 

Puressentiel Rest & Relax Organic Massage Oil which combines the benefits of massage with the natural properties of essential oils. The Puressentiel Rest & Relax Organic Massage Oil works to ease everyday tension, restore calm and encourage peaceful sleep. It contains six essential oils: Roman Chamomile, True Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Neroli, Petitgrain, And Ylang Ylang, which work to relieve stress and promote relaxation. It also has two organic plant oils; sweet almond oil and sesame oil to soften, moisturise and protect the skin. 

Puressentiel Relax Blend for Diffusion is a specially formulated blend of 10 concentrated essential oils is designed to be used in a diffuser to help relax, induce sleep and soothe tension. It contains: Asian Rosewood, Cajeput, True Lavender, Fat Spike Lavender, Petitgrain, Palmarosa, Sweet Marjoram, Bitter Orange, Sweet Orange And Sandalwood.

Puressentiel Stress Roll-On can be applied to the skin on the inside of wrists, temples and the sides of the neck whenever the feeling of stress arrises. It contained: Roman Camomile, Lavander, Lavandin, Marjoram, Mentha pulegium, Neroli, Orange, Petitgrain, West India Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang. The 12 essential oils help to release tension and calm feelings of anger, nervousness or low moral. 

DermaQuest CBD Tinctures Sleep Elixir Vanilla (PM)

Let full spectrum CBD sleep elixir induce a relaxed state of mind and help calm the chaos that comes along with daily stressors. A few drops under the tongue and a deeper, peaceful night sleep could be minutes away.  

  • Benefits include
  • mood enhancer
  • provides ultimate relaxation
  • enhances quality of sleep
  • safe, non-intoxicating, non-detectable thc
  • may help with the relief of aches and pains associated with exercise or daily life

The 500 mg and 1000 mg full spectrum CBD is encapsulated in an enhanced delivery system (hydroxysomes) to ensure quick product penetration. This non-intoxicating, non-habit-forming blend is safe, fast acting and available in two strengths – 500mg and 1000mg.

Dr Teal’s Soothe & Sleep with Lavender Epsom Bathing Salt 

Are you struggling to sleep? It’s not just you! Dr Teal’s commissioned a sleep survery* that revealed 88% of us think the quality of our sleep could be improved. Using the Dr Teal’s Soothe & Sleep with Lavender Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, £7.99, regularly at night will help easy aches and soreness from the body and soothe your mind, to help promote a good night’s sleep. The added benefits of Lavender essential oils help you to destress and relax from your day. Just add two cups into your bath & this will set you up for a peaceful sleep!

 EarHub Sleepwell Silicone Earplugs

Sleepwell Silicone Earplugs come in packs of 6 pairs with an additional carry case as well which is perfect for those into health and fitness since they require a good night’s sleep for recovery and energy for the next day!  The soft silicone earplugs are designed to reduce harmful or irritating noise for a better night’s sleep. You can also re-mould them for a perfect and comfortable fit that can be used up to three times. After that, they can be washed, ready to use again.

The mouldable and noise cancelling ear plugs are suitable for both adults and children above the age of 4 and help to reduce noise by 27 decibels

A night of passion…flower

If you want a good night’s sleep, research1 suggests sipping on a cup of passion flower tea may help. Scientists found that those who drank passion flower tea had better sleep quality than those who had a placebo.

Relatively unknown in the UK passion flower tea can be a little tricky to get your hands on, but a single ingredient variety is available in the UK courtesy of herbal tea specialists Natur Boutique. A tasty tea, that’s perfect to sit back and relax with before bedtime. To find out more or to buy, visit www.naturboutique.co.uk, Grape Tree stores nationwide and Amazon.

Tested Tradition

Ashawagandha may be hard to say (ash-wa-gan-da) and be little known in the UK, but it is one of the most important herbs of Ayurveda, a traditional system of medicine in India. A small shrub, extracts from the plant are associated with a host of benefits, including helping improve sleep quality1, reducing stress and anxiety levels2, improving exercise performance4,5 and reducing our waistlines3.

With 20 years of experience, Fito is an expert producer of natural remedies. Their high strength ashwagandha capsules offer an easy and convenient way to include the herb in your diet. Now on offer in Grape Tree stores, and their website, for just £4.99 (normally £8.99) for a 40 capsule tub.

Dr. Hauschka Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence, £17

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care; Dr. Hauschka Kosmetik

Dr. Hauschka Moor Lavender Bath Essence is a welcome treat to come home to at the end of a demanding day or whenever you are feeling agitated, restless or cold. Our bath essence envelops you in its warm fragrance. It provides strength and relaxation and prepares you for a good night’s sleep. This finely aligned product with horse chestnut and horsetail extracts is based on a moor extract prepared using a special rhythmic procedure. When combined with warm water, it offers a sense of enveloping protection. Almond and avocado oil gently moisturise your skin.

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